Greetings Swather Families, Students, and Staff:
Thank you families for taking time to meet with your child’s teacher at Parent Teacher Conferences on February 16. Communication between home and school is key to improving academic achievement, as well as supporting and motivating each student in the classroom. Families can support these efforts at home by establishing homework routines and reading with your child. In addition, helping your child master addition and subtraction facts in grades K-2 and multiplication and division facts in grades 3 and 4 assists them as they learn to solve complex math problems. We applaud your efforts and know it takes both school and home to make the biggest impact on student learning. Thank you for your support!
Kansas State Assessments:
Third and Fourth Grade students have been preparing all year to take the Kansas State Assessments. These assessments are designed to measure student proficiency against the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards. Assessments will start on March 9 and run through April 24. Students will be tested in areas of English language arts, math, multi-subject writing, and science in fourth grade. New this year will be a writing assessment over a wide variety of topics from core subject areas to music and art. Also, a math performance task will be new for all students. These important assessments allow teachers, parents, and student to see what skills have been mastered throughout the year. We ask for parents’ support in helping your child get plenty of sleep, eating a good breakfast, and encouraging them to give their best effort. These assessments will occur during the morning hours, so as you schedule appointments, please keep that in mind.
March 9 & 10: Multi-Subject Writing Task - Grades 3 and 4
March 11: Science - Grade 4
March 24-26: English Language Arts - Grades 3 and 4
April 14-16: Math - Grades 3 and 4
April 23: Math Performance Tasks - Grades 3 and 4
Teachers will send home a complete list of testing dates, which will include testing dates and make-up dates. You may contact your student’s teacher, if you have questions or concerns related to testing dates.
Thank you to all of our dads and father figures for continuing to spend a day with your child(ren) volunteering at school. Our WatchDOG Wall of Fame continues to grow with photos of smiling children and dads. If you have not signed up for second semester, now is your chance. Please see the school’s web page, under HES H.El.P. to sign up for a day.
Parents, I would also like to remind you that school begins at the 8:00 a.m. bell. Students must be in their classroom when the bell rings or they will be marked tardy. Please drop your student off with enough time to get to their classroom.
Thank you to all our parents and families for your continued support. It is has been a privilege to work with your child(ren). If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or your child’s teacher.